Origin, Theory & Evolve
- 20 guests
- year built
- 2016, 2019 & 2023
- crew members
- 142 feet
- 27 feet
- cruising speed
- 10-12 knots
The 20-guest MV Origin, MV Theory and MV Evolve identical sister yachts, are three of the newest Galapagos yachts to explore the Islands. The Origin began sailing in 2016, the Theory launched in 2019 and the Evolve made her debut in January 2023.
Origin, Theory & Evolve Review
AdventureSmith Explorations has been aboard the Origin firsthand. Read our dedicated Origin, Theory & Evolve review for a detailed description of the small ships. Or consult this page further for a detailed description of Origin, Theory and Evolve, including ship specs, deck plan, cabin images, photo gallery and a link to the trip they sail. We can help compare these yachts with other small cruise ships and upscale yachts offering Galapagos luxury cruises and private Galapagos yacht charters.
Choose to book the interchangeable Origin, Theory or Evolve for a classy, modern and intimate vessel that offers a luxurious Galapagos experience with highly trained staff and guides, artful cuisine and seamless operations. In 2019, Origin became the second ship in the world to join the prestigious Relais & Châteaux association, followed shortly by her sister ship Theory, per their showcase of the unique history and rich cultural heritage of the Galapagos, as well as their commitment to preserving the environment. Also supporting this honor is both Origin and Theory’s superb cuisine, an expression of culinary arts that blends the culture and terroir of the Galapagos.
The names Origin & Theory were chosen for their link to Darwin’s prolific work, while the name Evolve plays on this theme. The yachts all run two 8-day itineraries, a southern/central route and a western/northern route. Two expert naturalist guides; a concierge; a well-trained, experienced crew and a high-level captain cater to guests’ needs. Plus select interconnecting cabins and special family-themed departures make these sister ships ideal options for Galapagos family cruises.
Sustainability Aboard Origin, Theory & Evolve
MV Origin, MV Theory and MV Evolve consume approximately 30% less fossil fuel compared to similar yachts in the archipelago. Their curved bows were designed to cut through the waves for smoother sailing, increased fuel efficiency and less drag. Water-saving measures include reusable bottles, a specially designed water treatment plan, ecological toilets, bio-degradable soaps and shampoo, and the invitation for guests to reuse linens.
Common Areas Aboard Origin, Theory & Evolve
There are identical spacious social areas aboard Origin, Theory and Evolve, including a dining room, bar, lounge area with comfortable seating and TV with pre-loaded movies, cozy library, boutique and a fitness center with cardio and weight equipment and yoga mats. The elegant dining room features marble table tops, with configurations from two to 10 guests for private or group dining.
Outside areas include a large sun deck with chaise lounges, day beds, tables, chairs and hammocks, outdoor shower, wet bar, BBQ and al fresco dining; two aft decks, the lower with a cushioned couch and eight-person Jacuzzi and the upper with tables and chairs; and a forward deck with cushioned bench seating directly in front of the Bridge. WiFi is available throughout the ships.
Activities Aboard Origin, Theory & Evolve
Guests enjoy a range of included activities aboard Origin, Theory and Evolve, including snorkeling, kayaking (one single and five double kayaks on board each vessel), hiking, stand-up paddleboarding (each yacht carries two boards) and viewing underwater life from the glass-bottom excursion boat. Daytime excursions are enhanced by nightly briefings and occasional lectures.
Dining Aboard Origin, Theory & Evolve
Gourmet-style menus including Ecuadorian and Peruvian specialties, sourced from local and sustainable producers, are creatively prepared by culinary-school trained chefs who will also give a cooking demonstration (ceviche). Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style while dinner is an elegant, four-course, plated affair (dinner menus circulated and orders taken during lunch) consisting of an appetizer, soup, main course and dessert. Specialty diets can be accommodated with advance notice, and menu modifications are accommodated on-the-fly as well.
Buffet breakfast and lunches always offer a hot and cold bar full of choices, with eggs cooked to order as an additional option at breakfast. A few lunches are served on a shaded sun deck. Snacks and hors d’oeuvres are served after every excursion, with a 24-hour snack, coffee and tea bar also available. House wines and beers are poured complimentary during dinner, and there is a generous open bar policy (red and white wines, local beers and a variety of spirits excluding super premium brands).
Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Origin, Theory & Evolve
Origin, Theory and Evolve each feature 10 deluxe double staterooms approximately 145 square feet. All cabins are located on the Beagle Deck with large panoramic windows and private bathroom. Each stateroom has two twin beds that can be converted to one king bed. Cabin amenities include individual climate control; multiple hooks; full-length mirror; nightstand; ample sectional closet and drawers; sitting area; TV with pre-loaded movies; universal docking station; modern décor; fine linens and towels; memory foam and soft pillows; safe deposit box; lighted vanity mirror; pod-based espresso and coffee maker, and tea kettle en suite.
Private bathrooms include ocean view showers with modern rainfall and adjustable swing-arm shower heads, and clothes drying line; dual-flush toilet; hair dryer; plush towels; waffle bathrobes and slippers; bio-degradable soaps and shampoo. Cabins are cleaned twice daily and a light laundry service (added cost) is available. Cabins 1&3 and 2&4 have interconnecting doors and are great for families.